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Barrett brothers to start for Hurricanes

  • Barrett brothers to start for Hurricanes

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 15: Beauden Barrett (L) and brother Jordie Barrett with their trophies at the ASB Rugby Awards at SkyCity Convention Centre on December 15, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

Brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett will take the field together for Hurricanes for the first time when they face the Crusaders in a final Super Rugby trial.

World player of the year and All Blacks pivot Beauden Barrett makes his first appearance of the year in Friday's match at Waverley.

Six years his junior is brother Jordie, 19, the New Zealand age group star who will play the first half at fullback.

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The Crusaders pursued Jordie Barrett's signature last year after he shone at NPC level for Canterbury.

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has named two distinct teams to play in each half.

Flanker Ardie Savea will start while his brother, winger Julian, will come on at halftime along with halfback TJ Perenara and fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder.

New recruit and former New Zealand sevens standout Ben Lam will start on the right wing and be replaced at halftime by All Black Cory Jane.

All Blacks hooker and Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will miss the game on an extended off-season break. It means his first appearance will be in their Super Rugby opener against the Sunwolves in Tokyo next week.

Two first-choice forwards not considered because of injury are lock Vaea Fifita (ankle) and prop Reggie Goodes (head).

Hurricanes: Jordie Barrett, Ben Lam, Vince Aso, Pita Ahki, Wes Goosen, Beauden Barrett, Chris Smylie, Toa Halafihi, Ardie Savea, Brad Shields, Mark Abbott, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Mike Kainga, James O'Reilly, Loni Uhila. Interchange: Nehe Milner Skudder, Jonah Lowe, Cory Jane, Matt Proctor, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea, Otere Black, TJ Perenara, Blade Thomson, Callum Gibbins, Hugh Renton, Reed Prinsep, Michael Fatialofa, James Blackwell, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Ben May.

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